Pre-registration for 2008 is open

You can now register online for Anthrocon 2008. We're still working on a few details with hotel registration and trying to find some nice pictures of our guests to show off, but we hope to have everything ship-shape in short order. Just click on "Registration" and you'll be taken directly to our secure page. If you do not wish to use a credit card, very soon we will have a downloadable registration form that you can send in to us with a check or money order.

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Website upgrade complete!

Hi folks,

I just finished upgrading the website to the latest and greatest version of Drupal. Many performance issues and bug fixes were addressed with this latest release of the software.

As always, if anything breaks or otherwise looks amiss, feel free to leave a comment on this post or contact us directly.


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Now accepting Anthrocon 2008 DJ auditions

Interested in DJing at Anthrocon 2008?

In order to DJ at Anthrocon, you must submit an audition mix. The best format is MP3, but almost anything will do. If you're not sure if your media is acceptable, e-mail the address below to find out. Most likely we'll be able to work with it.

Please be sure your mix is at least 30 minutes, and at most 90 minutes. When considering DJs, the following things are considered "plusses":

- Live mixing
- Phrase and beatmatching
- The use of mixing hardware. This isn't critical as some DJs do a great job with a PC alone, but an active DJ is visually more entertaining.

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2007 Charity Report

Hi, and welcome to the 2007 edition of the Anthrocon Charity Auction Followup! Smiling

We raised a total of $5,053 for Animal Friends, our charity this year. They also benefited from donations at their Dealers' Room table to the tune of $1,528.

I'd like to give my sincere thanks to my staff members who assisted me throughout the days the Charity items were displayed and during the Auction itself. These indispensable people who I rely on year after year to support the event are Jason "creature" Murdock, Mike "Mrianti" Pierce, Steven "Tora" Sears, Lincoln "JBadger" Kliman, Shaun "Stahi" Daugherty, Jesse "Tango" Stringer, and Matt "Danruk" Adey. Extra special thanks to Dr. Sam "Kagemushi" Conway and the Dorsai for auctioneering the full stretch.

Also, a big note of gratitude to Tim Susman and Redlynx for the wonderful art that graced the souvenir mugs that each donor received. Based on the demand for them after the convention, they're already collector's items.

Finally, in approximate order of sale, here's a tally of all the items sold during the Auction by Donor, Item (brief description), and Sale Price:

Charlie Groark - Totoro tinycar & keychain - $25
Smrgol - Furry Forever Cap - Smrgol - $70
Killjoy - Complete set of Zodiac Bears - $10
Kyle Sharpe - Redwall DVD Season 1 - $15
Mejeep - 3 antique padlocks; "Tiger On Board" car tag - $30
Amaruq - Oak Mountain Lion - $10
Tiger Torre Art - Russ "Spencer" bear plush - $5
Anonymous - Set of Lion King cub plush - $25
Ronin Otter - Fox cycling sign - $10
Killjoy - Dragon-handled sculpted hunting knife w/ sheath - $50
Bill Holbrook - Original "Kevin & Kell" art - $100
Farore Nightclaw - Two canine bookmarks - $21
Sylver Wolfe - Costume tail - $35
Killjoy - Set of Simpsoms plush - $40
Chillymouse - Happy Feet shoes (small) - $5
Chillymouse - Simba cub plush - $20
Pirate Row [Heather Bruton, Diana Harlan-Stein, Michele Light, Marci McAdam, 

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Done for 2007!

Anthrocon 2007 has come and gone! We would like to thank our hard working staff and volunteers for helping to put on such a successful convention!

2,849 members attended. 353 fursuiters took part in the fursuit parade.

We received newspaper coverage in both the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Mark Evanier, one of our Guests of Honor, also wrote about us on his blog.

If you lost or found something, have some comments for us, or have pictures to share, please stop by our post-2007 forums:

If you attended the con, we would appreciate it if you could take 5 minutes to fill out our post-con survey:

Most of the staff are going to take a well deserved break for a few weeks. We'll still be reading our email and the forums, but may be a bit slow to respond.

Our 2008 convention, "It's a Jungle Out There!", will be once again held in the Westin Hotel and David L. Lawrence Convention Center from June 26th to 29th, 2008. Our Guest of Honor will be Floyd Norman. ("The Jungle Book", "Monsters, Inc.", Disney's "Robin Hood", and more!)

We'll see you there!

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Countdown to Anthrocon 2007!

Anthrocon 2007 is almost here! For those of you who will be attending, here are a few last-minute helpful links:

If you have any questions or concerns during the convention, The Operations Office, located on the Third Floor of the Westin will happy to assist you.

After the convention, be sure to visit our Post-2007 forums and take our survey so we can make Anthrocon even better!

We'll see you there.

-- The Anthrocon Staff

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Correction to Art Show page

We had previously reported that Guest of Honor Carolyn Kelly would not be participating in this year's Art Show; that announcement, however, was happily erroneous. Carolyn intends to display some of her work, along with some of her late father Walt Kelly's original Pogo artwork, which is brought to us courtesy of the Pogo Fan Club & Walt Kelly Society.

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Westin once again has a few rooms available

Due to last-minute cancellations, the Westin once again has a few rooms available in the Anthrocon room block. If you still need a room (or if you tried to extend a reservation but couldn't get an additional day within our block), please call the hotel directly and try your luck.

Mind you, these are bound to go fast, so don't wait.

On your marks....get set......go!

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Anthrocon Newsletter, Issue #2007-02

1) Traveling to Pittsburgh: Directions, shuttle info and more!
2) Parking in Pittsburgh
3) I-376 Outbound closure from 8 PM on Friday to 6 AM on Monday
4) Want to volunteer?
5) Never been to Anthrocon before?
6) Programming schedule and hours are now available
7) Meeting your friends at the con
Cool Lose something? Have questions or concerns during the convention?
9) About this Newsletter

Traveling to Pittsburgh: Directions, shuttle info and more!

Whether you are traveling to Pittsburgh by plane, train, automobile, or boat(!), we have you covered. Directions on how to make it to Pittsburgh by all of these methods of transportation are on our website at:

I-376 Outbound closure from 8 PM on Friday to 6 AM on Monday

Just a note for anyone will be leaving Anthrocon between 8 PM on Friday the 6th and 6 AM on Monday the 9th of July, I-376 East Outbound from Pittsburgh will be closed.

If you are traveling to Anthrocon during that time frame, you will not be affected!

PennDOT's official announcement:

A PDF of the proposed detour:

Police officers will be stationed along the detour to help motorists find their way.

We would like to thank Amaruq for bringing this to our attention!

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